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Linotype vs Media Markt GmbH

This press release from September 2003 states: "Linotype Library gained an important victory at the Frankfurt am Main District Court in the argument regarding the distribution of digital typeface copies by Media Markt GmbH. The Third Civil Division confirmed in all points the view of the international typeface supplier, which wanted to stop the illegal circulation of replicated protected typefaces by the electronics giant. The ruling, which became final on August 22, 2003, strengthens the protection of intellectual property for typographic characters, which are protected by the design patent law and the German "Schriftzeichengesetz"*. On April 22 of this year, Linotype issued a written warning to Media Markt stores in Frankfurt concerning the infringement of rights according to the design patent law and the German "Schriftzeichengesetz"*. Within this warning, the Media Markt chain was called upon to stop the circulation of a typeface CD containing two identical copies of the Linotype fonts Basilia Haas Roman and Basilia Haas Italic. Media Markt thereupon went before the court to appeal Linotype's asserted injunction. In the recent judgement, the court concurred with the arguments of Linotype Library GmbH and dismissed the case by Media Markt as unfounded. [...] [Bruno Steinert] pointed out a declared goal for his company: "customers must be able to more easily, quickly, securely and comfortably buy a typeface than they can - illegally - copy it." Remarks: Media Markt GmbH is a German electronics giant. Also, interesting to note that none of the company goals contain words like art, culture, artist, beauty or creativity.

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